Best Toilets of 2022

Five top performers from Consumer Reports' tough tests, from American Standard, Kohler, and more

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If you haven’t updated your commode lately, you may be surprised to find that today’s toilets are, ahem, flush with improvements. 

New toilets use less water than ever, yet we’ve found in our tests that they tend to work better than previous generations of low-flow thrones. Recent improvements include optimized bowl shapes, stronger flushing mechanisms, and sometimes even nonstick coatings, which can all add up to better flushing and cleaner bowls.

We’ve tested dozens of toilets to help you find the best one for your bathroom. In our labs, we connect each toilet to a specially built plumbing system that measures the volume and flow of water into and out of the toilet.

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In the crucial solid waste removal test, our tester uses a 5-gallon bucket filled about a quarter full with simulated waste: 160 solid polyethylene balls, seven sponges studded with #10 screws for realistic weight, and nonlubricated latex condoms filled with water. If that sounds a bit extreme, it’s meant to be: Because very few toilets can remove the simulated waste in just one flush, we’re able to get differentiating data to score each toilet. Our tester notes how many flushes each toilet requires to finish the job. The best in our tests can do it all in one go; the worst clog with the first flush.

We also test each toilet’s self-cleaning skills, noise level, and ability to carry a load through your drain line, out of your home, and into a sewer or septic system. All this data allows us to separate the good toilets from, well, the crappy ones. You can see some clips of CR’s toilet tests here.

What to Watch Out For

State-level restrictions: Some of our top-rated toilets are actually illegal in a handful of states. California, Colorado, Texas, and Washington have all banned the sale or installation of toilets that don’t meet the Environmental Protection Agency’s WaterSense standard of 1.28 gallons, on average, per flush. (Several other states are scheduled to enact similar regulations over the next few years.) But any loo that meets the EPA’s standard is lawful nationwide—and several of those models rate among the best toilets we’ve tested, including some dual-flush models with a partial-flush button for liquid waste.

Variants: Before you purchase your toilet, double-check to make sure you’re getting the exact model you want. We’ve seen some toilets with similar model names or numbers that are available in multiple variants. For example, one version of the Kohler Kelston meets the WaterSense standard, while another does not. Similarly, the Glacier Bay N2420 has an elongated bowl, while the Glacier Bay N2428-DF has a round bowl. Chris Regan, CR’s senior test project leader for toilets, says that when it comes to variations in water use or bowl shape in toilets that seem similar, “sometimes there’s no difference, sometimes there is, so we have to take it on a case by case basis.”

Seats and hardware: Also note that some toilets recommended by CR do not come with a seat, a wax ring, or mounting hardware, so you’ll need to buy those separately. Expect to pay at least $40 extra for all the necessary accessories.

CR members can read on to find a handful of our top-ranked models, across a few popular styles and prices. Dozens of other great toilets have earned CR’s recommendation as well, all tracked in our full toilet ratings. And for more information as you shop, check out our toilet buying guide.

Top Toilets From CR's Tests

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Liam McCabe

I've covered appliances and other major household fixtures for more than a decade, and I'm excited to help CR's readers find the right goods for their homes. If you ever get me talking, I'll probably have a story about some wacky side effects of appliance regulations, or the journey to fully electrify my 100-year-old house.